Celebrate the National Day of Unplugging by Giving Backby Daniel Sieradski | February 28, 2011 | 1 comment
For 24 hours, starting at sundown Friday March 4, 2011, people across the nation will reclaim time, slow down their lives and reconnect with friends, family, the community and themselves.
The National Day of Unplugging, from the creators of The Sabbath Manifesto, challenges us to put down our smartphones, stop checking our email, stop updating our Facebook and Twitter statuses, and take time for the things that matter.
The National Day of Unplugging is a great opportunity to give back to your community, your country and the planet by committing time to the social, civic or environmental cause you care most about. Celebrate by volunteering with an individual or organization in need, or by working on your own DIY service project.
Though we encourage you to participate whether its your practice to unplug or not, here are some Shabbat-friendly ideas for ways that you can give back:
- Visit the elderly, disabled or ill in a home or hospital.
- Tutor a child in reading.
- Assist or organize a sports league, gaming group or theatre troupe for teens in your community.
- Host or prepare a Shabbat meal for a person or family in need.
- Host a kiddush at your synagogue or home with a guest speaker from an organization doing important work in your community.
For more ideas on how to serve, click here, and be sure to share your own Shabbat-friendly service ideas in the comments!